USAID and OCP forge partnership to revolutionize agriculture in Africa

USAID and OCP forge partnership to revolutionize agriculture in Africa
USAID and OCP forge partnership to revolutionize agriculture in Africa

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 1:18 p.m.

Casablanca – The OCP Group, world leader in plant nutrition solutions and phosphate fertilizers, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have sealed a partnership to overcome critical obstacles hampering the agricultural potential of the ‘Africa.

“During a visit to Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, USAID Administrator Samantha Power signed a collaboration agreement to pursue two sustainable and innovative initiatives designed to improve agricultural efficiency and productivity across the continent” , indicates a joint press release from OCP and USAID.

This is the “Space to Place” project which aims to collect precise local data on soils and climate, which will serve as the basis for a decision support tool intended to guide farmers towards optimal use of solutions. plant nutrition.

These will be customized to precisely meet the nutritional needs of their land and crops, in order to simultaneously improve soil health and sustainably strengthen their yields.

The “Rock Phosphate Amendment” project will evaluate the impact of the application of phosphate rock and innovative nutritional formulas based on crop yields and soil fertility.

This project will develop a decision support system for phosphate rock to help farmers identify soils and crops that will benefit most from this approach.

The agreement, which extends for at least four years, provides for the engagement of other stakeholders and partners to advance these groundbreaking initiatives and encourage the adoption of these new tools by farmers across the continent.

During her visit, Ms. Power observed ongoing research at the University and interacted with representatives of local cooperatives, gaining valuable insights into their experiences and the transformative potential of these projects.

During her visit, Ms. Power observed ongoing research at the University and interacted with representatives of local cooperatives, gaining valuable insight into their experiences and the transformative potential of these projects.

She said: “The OCP Group is an important partner in the major global food crisis we are facing. The agreement will leverage geospatial technology to provide farmers on the ground with recommendations on how to use fertilizer more efficiently. The data collected will also serve as a basis for predictions and concrete solutions to improve yields”.

The Chairman and CEO of the OCP Group, added: “The OCP Group is delighted to strengthen its partnership with USAID, working closely on these cutting-edge projects to help unlock the potential of African farmers to feed not only Africa, but also the world, in a way that aims to improve soil health, the environment and the climate”.

The announced collaboration consists of joining the forces of USAID’s “Space to Place” initiative and OCP Africa’s integrated approach to soil health and customization, in order to benefit millions of African farmers. in addition to strengthening the food security of the continent.

In this regard, OCP Group, through OCP Africa, will invest $30 million to support the efficient use of fertilizers in sub-Saharan Africa, complementing USAID’s $40 million investment for the expansion of the initiative “Space to Place” announced at the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit held in Nairobi on May 7.

This brings the total investment envelope as of today to $100 million for this initiative, thus directly supporting the Continental Action Plan adopted by the Nairobi Summit.

This establishes a basis for continued dialogue and cooperation between these two major contributors to agricultural development in Africa, thereby strengthening the impact and effectiveness of their work to produce measurable development results across the continent, the statement concluded. .

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